Kenyan athlete temporarily suspended over alleged doping

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The Athletics Integrity Unit has begun disciplinary proceedings against Kenyan sprinter Mark Otieno after failing doping tests.

Otieno is one of the four athletes who failed the tests carried out by the International Testing Agency (ITA) in the recently concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Others are 1500m athlete Sadik Mikhou of Bahrain, Benik Abramyan (shot put) of Georgia, and Chijindu Ujah of Great Britain.

The four have been temporarily suspended from participating in any competition event until the case levelled against them is concluded.

AIU said on Thursday that it is waiting for the conclusion of the International Testing Agency proceedings before issuing its final verdict.

“Any consequences beyond the Olympic Games to be imposed upon the athletes under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules will be determined following the conclusion of the ITA proceedings,” read AIU statement.

The 28-year-old Kenyan athlete samples tested positive for the prohibited substance Methasterone and were withdrawn from the Olympics team with only a few hours remaining to the men’s 100m heats.

AIU also noted that it had been notified of another case on Otieno by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya from a sample collected on June 24, 2021, and tested by World Anti-Doping Agency South Africa

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